Paracetamol is normally the first choice. It's often better to take a dose before activity to keep the pain under control rather than waiting until it's very bad. Your doctor can prescribe a stronger painkiller such as co-codamol or co-dydramol if necessary, though these may sometimes cause side-effects such as constipation or dizziness. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs may be more helpful if your joint often swells up, especially after dislocation. You can buy ibuprofen from your local chemist or supermarket without a prescription.
See your doctor if the regular dose isn't helping, as they may be able to prescribe a higher dose or a different NSAID. Your doctor will be cautious about prescribing NSAIDs if you may be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Painkillers and NSAIDs are also available as sprays or creams which you can apply directly to the painful joint. These may not be quite so effective but may be an option if tablets aren't suitable for you.
This is because tissue that's very supple doesn't usually heal as well as less supple tissue. Also, some people with hypermobile joints bruise easily and may need more blood transfusions if they have major surgery.
However, if you tear a tendon which is more likely than usual if you have hypermobile joints then this should usually be repaired with surgery. Learn more about physiotherapy and arthritis, how it can help improve your mobility, ease pain and strengthen your joints. However, if you find that certain sports or exercises involve movements that cause pain then you should stop these activities until it's clear why there is pain.
With the right strengthening exercises it may be possible to return to these activities without increasing pain. A physiotherapist can advise you about exercises to improve control of the movements and loads required in your preferred sport or exercise. Swimming can help, where the weight of your body is supported by water, although breaststroke can irritate the knee and hip, so it's best to paddle your legs. We also recommend cycling. If any of your joints dislocate regularly it may help to wear a splint or elastic bandage while exercising.
You may need to see a physiotherapist or orthotist for supports if this is a significant problem. Read more about exercise and arthritis.
Read more about diet and arthritis. Generally speaking complementary and alternative therapies are relatively safe, although you should always discuss their use with your doctor before starting treatment.
Joint hypermobility | Causes, symptoms, treatments
Read more about complementary therapies and arthritis. Most tend to have flat feet but a few have a high-arched foot. Special insoles in your shoes orthoses may help to support the arch of the foot.
By re-aligning the foot and the way the body's weight passes through the legs it may help balance and reduce pain in the foot, ankle, leg, hip and lower back. Joint hypermobility isn't itself a type of arthritis. However, in some cases it may be associated with osteoarthritis — for example, when there is an abnormal shape to the joint or there has been a tear to the cartilage and this has become worn.
There's no evidence that the symptoms of osteoarthritis are any worse in people who are hypermobile than in those who aren't. If you're hypermobile we'd recommend keeping to a healthy weight as it's known that obesity is often an important factor in the development of osteoarthritis.
Although joint hypermobility syndrome can cause symptoms in various parts of the body, in most cases it isn't linked to other health problems. However, there are some much rarer inherited conditions that can be associated with hypermobility. These include. Research suggests that people with hypermobile joints may have more supple collagen in other parts of the body as well, which can sometimes cause other symptoms.
For example. If you have one of these rarer conditions or complications then the symptoms may have a greater impact on everyday life than if you only have hypermobile joints. If you do have any symptoms that concern you, speak to your doctor, who will be able to arrange tests if needed and to offer appropriate treatments. Versus Arthritis About arthritis Conditions Joint hypermobility. Joint hypermobility.
Download versus Arthritis - Joint hypermobility information booklet. Print this page. What is joint hypermobility? Symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome include: Muscle strain or pain especially after hard physical work or exercise — Your muscles have to work harder if your joints are very supple and this can lead to muscle strain and a general feeling of fatigue.
In effect, an 'overuse' injury develops in the muscles around the joint though the pain may seem to come from the joint itself.
Joint stiffness — If a joint feels stiff or tense this may be caused by fluid collecting inside the joint. This is probably because your body is trying to repair the small amounts of damage that are caused if a muscle or joint is over-stretched.
Your pain will often feel worse as the day goes on and improve at night with rest. Foot and ankle pain — You may easily twist and strain at the ankles, and have a flat arch to your foot that can lead to foot pain, particularly after standing for a long time.
Neck pain and backache — This can be a problem if your spine is particularly supple and the muscles around your spine aren't working to support it correctly.
Very occasionally the bones in your back can slip on another this is called a spondylolisthesis. Injured or dislocated joints — Hypermobile joints are more likely than normal joints to get injured if they're overstretched. Sometimes the joint can dislocate — this is most common in the shoulder or the kneecap. Sometimes the soft tissues in and around joints cartilage, tendons, ligaments can tear.
Four factors may affect whether or not you have hypermobile joints: Weak or stretched ligaments — Ligaments are made up of several types of protein fibre, including elastin which gives stretchiness and collagen which gives strength. They may also refer you for a blood test or X-ray to help rule out any other conditions like arthritis. A GP may refer you to a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or podiatrist for specialist advice. Paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen, which comes as tablets, gels and sprays may help to ease pain.
If you're in severe pain, a GP may be able to refer you to a pain clinic to help you cope with pain. Find physiotherapy services. Find occupa.
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